Wednesday, August 15, 2012

St. Louis, MO

This past weekend we headed down to St. Louis, Missouri for a last hoorah before school starts. Although Iowa City is small and doesn't have a lot to do we have loved taking advantage of the fact that there are several big cities only about a 4 hour drive away.

St. Louis is awesome! We had a really great time! And I took a lot of pictures (see below)...There is so much to do in St. Louis and so much of it is free! Our first day we went up the Gateway Arch, enjoyed the famous Ted Drewes frozen custard, and checked out the downtown Citygarden. Initially we weren't sure if we'd go up the Arch but the second we drove into the city and saw it we knew we had to. The Arch is very impressive. Once up top, the windows are small but we think it was worth it. The most fun part is riding in the little egg shaped pod that takes you up.

Picnic dinner in Citygarden followed by frozen custard at the famous Ted Drewes

Our ride up the Arch in our little pod
At the top. It was fun to look out at the Cardinals stadium...unfortunately we didn't get to see a game

Our second day we headed to the St. Louis Zoo. It is totally free and is AMAZING! It is the second best zoo (behind the San Diego Zoo) I've been to. They have the most amazing penguin exhibit ever. We could have pet the penguins they were that close and we even got splashed by them as they swam by. IT WAS AMAZING! Kate also loved riding the carousel, petting the goats, watching the sea lions swim by, and playing with the map.  We also went to the Art Museum (also free) and enjoyed their Van gogh and Monet pieces. 

Having so much fun at the Zoo

St. Louis Museum of Art...also free!
Kate learning to appreciate art
We then headed out of downtown to go visit some of our good friends from Colorado! We loved catching up with the Johnson's and loved watching the kids play. We ate at a great BBQ place and enjoyed going to a local orchard for some music, custard, and fun.

Kate especially loved Sarah!

Then our last day we headed to City Museum! It's almost hard to describe to this place. It is the craziest mixture of play and fun. It's like a children's museum for both kids and adults.They have this amazing playground consisting of slides, cages, bridges, platforms, balls, and fun. 

What a great trip! I would totally recommend St. Louis. Come visit and we'll meet you there!

Can you spot Tim?
Kate loved the ball pit 
That's me in the orange shirt
Kate having fun climbing around


  1. So fun! Looks like you guys had a great trip! AND you got to see the Johnsons. Super fun. Maybe if we get a chance before moving, we'll try and head that way to visit you all! :)

  2. Fun! I want to go to St. Louis! I've been waiting to hear about your trip. You guys are so cultured. :)

  3. These pictures are great! I love how your little family goes places, experiences new things and just has so much fun!!

  4. Looks like a blast! We went to St. Louis about a year and a half ago and loved it. Isn't the City Museum just the craziest and coolest place ever?! We went at the wrong time of year for the zoo to be very impressive. But it sounds great so I guess we will have to go back and check it out. :-)

  5. We LOVED St. Louis. It was so much fun.